Foundations of pain medicine examination

Fellowship examination

Long case assessment

Examination reports


Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in prerequisite knowledge before starting the core training stage by completing the foundations of pain medicine examination.


During the course of FPM training, trainees are required to complete two long cases (with at least one in the Practice Development Stage) and a fellowship examination (consisting of written and viva voce stations). Trainees should be familiar with the format, minimum marks required and eligibility requirements for each of these important examinations.

Conditions of entry to FPM examinations

Trainees are advised that no time-keeping, electronic or audio recording devices are allowed on their person or taken into an examination room, including any pre-exam or post-exam waiting (quarantine) areas. These items include, but are not limited to watches, wrist bands, fitness trackers, timers or alarms, mobile phones, calculators, portable computers, tablets, audio-recording devices, notes, books, textbooks or other learning materials. This is consistent with other medical colleges and intended to protect the academic integrity of our high stakes examinations.
Late applications and documentation will not be accepted after the closing date for an examination. Acknowledgement of applications will be done via email within 48 hours of receipt by the Faculty, except for weekends and holidays, these will be acknowledged within 48 hours of the next working day.


Foundations of Pain Medicine examination

The examination is in a written multiple-choice question (MCQ) format. The paper consists of 50 multiple-choice questions in which one of four possible responses to the question posed will be the best fit.

We will inform you immediately if the dates below change.


Foundations of Pain Medicine examination Dates Closing date
January 2018 Sitting January 12 November 30, 2017
October 2018 Sitting October 5 August 31, 2018


Registration for the Foundations of Pain Medicine examination for October 2018 and January 2019 sittings will open in 2018. 


Long cases

Trainees need to complete two long-case assessments during their training, with at least one being completed during the practice development stage. (please see section 11 of the trainee handbook).

First Sitting 2018  


April 2018


April 2018


April 2018


April 2018


April 2018

Long case assessment criteria have been developed to assist trainees in their preparations.

Fellowship examination


The fellowship examination consists of written and viva voce stations and is conducted annually in October and November. Candidates who are successful in the written section in early October will be invited to viva voce section in late November.

Details of the examination can be found in section 12 of the training handbook. To be eligible to present for the fellowship examination a trainee must:


  • Have completed two in-training assessments (ITAs).
  • Submit an application to the Faculty and pay the required fee by the close of business on the last business day of August prior to the examination.
Structured oral viva voce (SOV) and observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) guidelines have been developed to assist trainees in their preparations.

Venues and critical dates for 2018

The written section is a two-and-a-half hour examination which consists of 10 short-answer questions. We will inform you immediately if the dates below change.


Closing date for registration                  
August 31, 2018
Written section ANZCA/FPM regional and national offices

October 5, 2018

Viva voce Australian Medical Council - National Test Centre
300 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 
November 24, 2018

A registration form will be released closer to the exam dates. 

Late applications and documentation will not be accepted after the closing date for an examination.



Written venues  
Brisbane; Townsville; Sydney; Melbourne; Hobart; Canberra and Adelaide  
Perth, Singapore and Hong Kong  
New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington)  


Examination reports

Examination reports are prepared to provide candidates and supervisors of training with information about the Faculty examination and to assist with preparation for future examinations.

Answers provided are not model answers but guides to what might be covered.


Some answers contain more information than could be covered in the 15 minutes, but have been included as a teaching aid. The answers provided are considered current, but may be subject to change in the future.


Candidates should discuss the reports with their tutors so that they may prepare appropriately for future examinations. the exam report format was amended for 2017 and no longer includes an appendix.


Previous years' examination reports:



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